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our wonderful trip with newbies and old friends

By: lee (View Profile)
Date: 10/29/2007

We left Ohio in the dark of night for a 6am flight out of Pittsburgh; 4 sleepy and excited people. USA3000 is always a bargain and nearly always leaves early. Into Cancun ahead of schedule but delayed while immigration forms were brought to be filled out on the plane. A small delay; no big deal. Cancun Valet was waiting and we left for the ferry. It's never real for Denny till his butt is on that ferry. That's him in the corner with both arms on the back of the seat.


We have always started our time on Isla with a snack and a cold one at Gomar's, but their food is mediocre and the service is terrible at lunchtime. (never had dinner there) We opt for Picus where we have feet in the sand, great food and really cold beer. A very good way for Denny's brother and friend to see the island; boats, noise, colors, people walking, traffic. First stop is the bank where money is changed and then off for a golf cart to haul our stuff to Mar y Sol.

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I really like this place. It's virtually deserted in low season, but it turns out there are several other couples staying there. We met John & Renee from Los Angeles (sure hope you're ok after the fires!) Kevin & Sumi from London, Rebecca and Kathy who are flight attendents from New Jersey and a bunch of Cubans. Kevin & Sumi have been traveling the globe (he for 2 years, she for 18mos of that) and have facinating stories. Sure do hope they keep good notes and write a book. We spend the days reading and watching the rain hit Cancun. Snacks with the neighbors. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
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Denny sure does love sunsets.
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We also had to go to Sergios Playa Sol for sunsets.
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Sunset from Picus.
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Fishermen never rest!
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Snorkeling at Garrafon. Boy, has that reef recovered!! There were tons of fish, coral, sea urchins, plants. It looked wonderful. There was even a 'tree' forming underwater with horizontal growth in layers for about 4'. This was the first time I didn't have an underwater camera and I could have taken a lot of pictures.
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The graceful snorkeler
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Shrimper coming in after a long day. These boats facinate me and I take many pictures.
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Day trippers arriving at Sergios. Probably saw 2 big boats every day. Sure would love to have a ride out in the bay on one of those big cats.
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Sail flying out by Playa Lancheros.
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Our last night, we had a lot of rain. Sure was pretty with the lights. We just had to do a little more wandering.
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Don't remember if I posted this one, but I just love it.
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We had a great time, as ususal, and introduced two new people who will undoubtedly return. We're making plans for the return in March for the wedding of our friends' daughter.

Quite a few places were not open, but that's happened before in October. Sorry to have missed Leonora at Alexis
and Giovannis. Fredy was in fine form and fed us many times. His pork chops are the best I've had anywhere: US or Mexico. Can't get enough whole fried fish in garlic at Picus. The 'shrimp cocktail' was really good too. Denny got his 'fix' of a few bimbo dogs (the man will not eat fish of any kind) and we were disappointed not to see a lot of vendors on Sunday night. One woman was set up by the basketball court and one up the steps heading toward the Gulf. The 'corn lady' was in front of the grocery store and that was that. No flan.

I'm probably forgetting all kinds of facts, but what the hey; I don't write trip reports any more.


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